Perhaps from a young age you knew that you wanted to work as a nail technician. You thought you would enjoy the creativity, the socializing and felt as though you had a knack for it.
It turns out you were right. You obtained your license and went to work. Everything went well until you became ill. You may not have realized the hazards you would face every day from the chemicals used in nail salons.
More than likely, the nail salon you work in uses more than one chemical on a daily basis. The salon may not have adequate ventilation, and you spend a significant amount of time there. In fact, you may work long hours, and your exposure can compound from day to day. Once your exposure reaches a point where your body can no longer take it, you could become ill. Some of the chemicals may even cause long term and debilitating damage to your health.
Prolonged and continuous exposure to these chemicals can affect your health in the following ways:
- Formaldehyde: Used in nail hardener and nail polish, this chemical can cause cancer, breathing problems, irritation to your eyes, throat and skin, and allergic reactions.
- Acetone: Used in nail polish remover, this chemical can cause irritation to your eyes, throat and skin, along with dizziness and headaches.
- Toluene: Used in fingernail glue and nail polish, this chemical can cause damage to your liver and kidneys as well as your unborn child if you are pregnant.
- Dibutyl phthalate: Used in nail polish, this chemical can cause serious health effects after long-term and high exposure. It can also cause irritation to your skin, eyes, mouth, throat and nose, along with nausea.
These are just some of the chemicals used in nail salons on a daily basis. Just because you accept the risks that come with your job does not mean that you aren’t entitled to compensation should you end up injured or ill. However, you need to report your health issues to your boss or supervisor and follow any other required procedures.
Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be a more complex process than you would imagine. You probably have enough on your hands with medical appointments and other issues related to your recovery to worry about getting the benefits you deserve. It may be a good idea to make use of local legal resources here in Pennsylvania to help you.